Uncovering changes in university teachers' professional networks during an instructional development program

S. van Waes, P. van den Bossche, N.M. Moolenaar, A. Stes, P. van Petegem

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Abstract

This study examined (1) the extent to which university teachers’ networks changed while they participated in an instructional development program, (2) which mechanisms supported or constrained network change, and (3) the extent to which value was created through networks. Longitudinal social network data combined with follow-up interviews were collected over a 2-year time frame from 16 university teachers participating in an instructional development program. Results showed that teachers’ networks increased and remained relatively stable after the program had finished. Several underlying mechanisms for network change throughout the program were identified (e.g., departmental culture, network intentionality, trust). Moreover, both expressive (e.g., venting) and instrumental value (e.g., getting ideas or feedback) were created through teachers’ networks. This research contributes to our understanding of the social side of instructional development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-28
Number of pages18
JournalStudies in Educational Evaluation
Volume46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • Instructional development program
  • Faculty development
  • Social network
  • Longitudinal
  • Personal network
  • FACULTY-DEVELOPMENT
  • PERSONAL NETWORKS
  • INNOVATION
  • EDUCATION
  • ACADEMICS
  • TIES
  • COMMUNITIES
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • TERM

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